Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Stakeholders of Idemili-North local government area of Anambra state have unanimously declared that the council area will produce the next senator who will represent Anambra-central senatorial zone at the National Assembly in 2019.
The collective decision was taken during a high-powered stakeholders meeting held at Abatete the country home of the SDP senatorial candidate for Anambra-central Barr. Tony Chukwuelue at the weekend.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, Chukwuelue said one of the issues raised during the meeting was that stakeholders of Idemili-North were not impressed with the calibre of people representing them at the national assembly as they were not accessible to them and they hardly pick phone calls when called upon by their constituents.
He said democracy dividends had eluded the people due to self-aggrandisement on the part of the representatives emphasising that the people concurred that even without being a senator, he has been in the forefront of attracting democracy dividends to his home town Abatete as well as other neighbouring towns. He noted that what the people needed was a people-oriented representation especially someone who will help fight ecological devastations in the area.
Chukwuelue said the stakeholders made a historic rundown of representation at the senate only to find out that the out-going senator was of Anaocha origin, Idemili-South had gone to the senate twice; that Awka and Njikoka have also had fair share of the senate, adding that the current position was that the senatorial seat had rotated round and eventually came to the turn of Idemili-North to produce the next senator to represent Anambra-central.
He however maintained that Idemili-North stakeholders admonished other candidates from the zone to withdraw from the senatorial race honourably as well as wait patiently for their own turn. He expressed confidence that the entire Idemili-North would vote for him in 2019.